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PPA | On the Edge: Emerging Scholarship of Paleopathology and Marginalization
In this webinar, three scholars blend paleopathological methods with emerging theory that focuses on the voices of past actors who would normally be subsumed within a cohort or whose stories represent those of the minority.

Mar 24, 2023 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kendra Isable (she/her)
PhD Student @University of Nevada, Reno
Assessing Skeletal Stress Throughout Life History and its Relationship to Systematic Racism My research uses the presence of hypoplastic defects and skeletal fractures to assess structural violence by quantifying the number of defect, skeletal fractures of the long bones and ribs, and the degree of misalignment to shed light on larger social elements such as racism in medicine, the importance of maternal care, and theories surrounding disabilities and care.
Dr. Jo Motley (they/them)
@Western University
Marginalization in funerary analysis: How data selection and interpretation shape bioarchaeological research This presentation briefly summarizes results derived from x-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans of 21 funerary bundles with adult human skeletal remains that were recovered from a 2015 rescue excavation during the construction of the Museo Nacional del Perú (MUNA) at the pre-Hispanic Andean site of Pachacamac in Lima, Perú. This presentation discusses how the use of different methods (taphonomy and paleoradiology) revealed potentially complex funerary practices as part of ancestor veneration in non-elite funerary contexts that would not have been recovered through other datasets. Through this example, concepts of marginalization are discussed as well as how methodological decision-making, scholarly attention, and interpretive choices shape our work.
Adam Netzer Zimmer (they/them or he/him)
PhD Candidate @University of Massachusetts Amherst
Paleopathology Through a Queered Lens Traditional paleopathological analyses rely on typological and narrow assessments of differential diagnosis, often reproducing fixed and antiquated ideas of the human experience. This talk interrogates our field's static use of sex, gender, and race to show how the evolving discourse in understanding of the complexity of these biological and cultural categories complicates our analyses and challenges us to recalibrate how we see the past beyond our own cultural and temporal biases.